From The Publisher: Apr. 15, 1991

During the climactic hours of the gulf war, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney was briefing President Bush on the strategy of the ground assault. There was no map of the Middle East war zone readily available in the White House family quarters for Cheney to refer to. "Oh, I have a map," responded the President. He reached over and spread out the one appearing in that week's issue of TIME.

When the President's photographer David Valdez recounted the incident on ABC's Good Morning America, TIME's graphics director Nigel Holmes had reason to be pleased. Early in the war a commercial map company...

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